California  – February 16, 2021

Accident lawyers in California are instrumental in the recovery of monetary damages for victims who suffer personal injury harms due to the negligence of another person.  Legal counsel uses all available legal doctrine to build a case that addresses accident-related expenses, and negative life changes that will impact a person’s ability to work and maintain financial stability.  Fiscal recovery will address economic, and non-economic losses, as well as those punitive damages allowed under California Civil Code 3294.  Accident victims should speak to an attorney soon after a detrimental life-changing encounter caused by another person’s negligent actions.

Motor vehicle accidents.

California motor vehicle accidents ended over 3,500 lives in 2018 and loved ones may seek action to recover compensation from insurance companies, or through legal cases in court.  When the accidents are caused by blatantly negligent acts, such as reckless driving, distracted driving, or driving under the influence, criminal actions may have significant bearing on the outcome of a civil case.  An experienced attorney can help with these intricacies by addressing criminal components, insurance coverages, degrees of fault and the severity of personal injury harms toward a timely award.  California is a “fault” state and a victim can bring a claim against the responsible party before filing a claim against their own no-fault insurance. There is a two year time period to file a suit after an accident.

Wrongful death harms.

California personal injury attorneys research case specifics to determine if negligence was the cause of an accident that caused a wrongful death. A wrongful death legal action can be brought by loved ones after a person dies because of the negligent, reckless, or deliberate act of another.  Damages in these lawsuits can include:

  • Medical bills and burial expenses
  • Compensation for lost wages
  • Compensation for pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages.

Car Insurance liability.

California is considered a fault, or tort state with regard to motor vehicle accidents and the law requires that drivers have a way to cover costs related to damages, or injuries caused by a motor vehicle accident. In California everyone is responsible for their willful acts, but also for injury, or wrongful death caused during the course of ordinary care.  Experienced accident attorneys can assist in the process of determining negligence of drivers and work with insurance companies to make sure that damage expenses are covered, and by building court case actions when insurance limits do not fully address the losses suffered by an accident victim.

Hire an attorney.

Seek counsel at Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates soon after a car accident where driver negligence may have been a factor.  Depending upon the case circumstances, legal counsel can proceed in timely damage recovery for personal injury harms, or in filing a wrongful death action within the two-year statute of limitations period from the date a person died in an accident.

Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates, a Professional Law Corporation
501 West Broadway, Suite 1650
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-233-8021
Fax: 619-233-3730

 

Sources.

https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/state-by-state

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/vehicle-registration/insurance-requirements/

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1785